Be Slow to React, Quick to Hear

by - Thursday, December 20, 2018


God's always working with me but lately I feel He's really trying to get me to "slow down". Just today, hubby said to me that I move in "light speed" referring to how quickly I learn. Well...when it comes to computer software I guess! hee hee! But I find myself moving in 10x in other ways like: responding to emails, eating, doing housework, even walking down the grocery aisle. I shouldn't be in such a hurry but it seems I want to get things done fast. It's been causing me some stress lately and I know I need to slow down.

For the most part, I like to be proactive. But, there are times when I have to be slow to react and quick to listen. In other words, re-read that email response before I hit send. Is it what I really want to say? Before I attach that flyer design or report, did I thoroughly proof it? Did I have to call that sister or brother right back before double checking my schedule? What is so earth shattering that I have to live my life in "beam me up Scotty" mode?! I make more mistakes being quick than being deliberate.

Hubby is just the opposite of me. I so admire how he is slow to react. He carefully and meticulously examines a situation before he responds. Plus, he prays first. I go by the seat of my pants! And I fall down head first every time. So, when I realized how God was trying to get me to be slow to react, I'm beginning to pay attention...and the headaches got my attention too! I tell myself to "breathe, take my time, no need to rush". Even with writing this blog post, I deliberately took my time with it and re-read it changing it along the way so it flows better.

I think I have this thought in my back of my head of how long I wasted time and now that I'm walking with The Lord and a little bit wiser I don't want to take time for granted. However, with everything in life God wants us to enjoy the process. He says to be quick to hear and slow to speak (James 1:19) and definitely slow to be angry. Just think, how much stress could we eliminate from our lives if we acted on this scripture all the time?!

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